Emma Ruth Rundle
Some Heavy Ocean


4.5
superb

Review

by Zenith Lazerstorm USER (20 Reviews)
May 29th, 2014 | 27 replies


Release Date: 05/20/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I won't speak at all, just to sing again.

Emma Ruth Rundle has had considerable experience as both a band leader and ensemble member. She’s played guitar in Red Sparowes, and fronted both The Nocturnes and Marriages, the latter receiving significant exposure after their recent tour with Deafheaven. However, none of these projects have given her a chance to take center stage as her debut solo album has.

Her unique vocal delivery is assuredly the focus on Some Heavy Ocean, delivering a melancholic yet driven message, in lyrics and in tonality. Her guitar provides the backbone for her voice, not showy, but interesting enough to avoid becoming a trope of repetitive 3-chord meanderings. Those elements alone could make for a solid singer-songwriter effort, but perhaps not of the quality that is presented on this effort. What really sets this album apart is the atmosphere achieved. Chris Common, Andrea Calderon, Greg Burns, and Henry Kohen all provide their talents. Along with the usual percussion, keyboards, and bass guitar, the implementation of orchestral strings, pedal steel and the heavy use of effects (on guitar and voice) not only add a fresh dimension to the sound, but serve as a dense foundation for Rundle to shine through. In addition, Common’s production work achieves a rarity in that all instruments form a more impactful sound without losing their clarity. It’s wonderful to hear every little detail and have it be a positive reinforcement to some truly engaging material.

But the real star is certainly Rundle’s voice. She has a way of bending words to her will, not adhering to the way a word should sound, but forcing it to work the way she wants it to in her music. This freedom with the English language is paired with an intriguing Irish brogue (not through heritage, but stylistic desire), that is incredibly nuanced and refreshing to hear with a sea of other singer-songwriters churning mediocrity.

With a lush and captivating backdrop of instruments, and guitar in hand, Emma Ruth Rundle has crafted a singular work to be praised, with high hopes for her future indeed.



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RadicalEd
July 30th 2014


4806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

okay review, not really justifying the rating that well, i guess it's a bit to short...



Album is very good.

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Artuma
July 30th 2014


20189 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

awesome album agreed, as good as marriages at the least

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Crowing87
August 21st 2014


8 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Such a great album. Diggin' it.

Phlegm
August 29th 2014


7140 Comments


mama got this CD and it sounds pretty good tbh

Sniff
September 7th 2014


1906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is real good.

laughingman22
September 18th 2014


2326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh wow I didn't know this was the girl from marriages



rules

Sniff
September 18th 2014


1906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe even more important. The girl from Red Sparowes

Let
September 22nd 2014


1530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is excellent. I really need to check out marriages now.

laughingman22
September 24th 2014


2326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

on a second play through, has to be in my top three from this year really great stuff

laughingman22
October 4th 2014


2326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

chelsea wolfe 448 plays good job

laughingman22
October 4th 2014


2326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

who is opeth

zaruyache
November 3rd 2014


9598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

woman behind Anilah just shared this on fb. Lady has good taste. (Check Anilah out also btw). This seems pretty good so far and I'm only like 3 tracks in.

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Sniff
November 11th 2014


1906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DIG IT YOU DUMBFUCKS

Travelhead
November 28th 2014


34 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Haunting vocal lines, beautiful guitar melodies... One of the best albums ever!

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Taxt
November 28th 2014


762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Top 10 2014 IMO

Mad.
November 28th 2014


4435 Comments


This is pretty damn good

Sniff
November 28th 2014


1906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Top 4!

zaruyache
November 28th 2014


9598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pfffff top four. There are quite a surprising lot of 4/5's on my list this year. Even if I bumped it to a four it'd only be like top 20 ;_;

Sniff
November 29th 2014


1906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Year has been good for sure.

Artuma
November 29th 2014


20189 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not as good as last year but yeah



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